Friday, February 14, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 2/14/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends


Welcome back, boys! I'm more excited for this season then I've ever been.

Photos above via @Dodgers on twitter (here & here). Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: This isn't exactly Dodgers news, but it is relevant and important. In 1957 the Georgia State Senate approved a bill, introduced by state senator Leon Butts, that prohibits blacks from playing baseball with whites except at religious gatherings -- ten years after MLB had integrated. 
      "Anything that tends to break down the bulwarks of segregation must be forcibly met by this general assembly. We have a situation in Georgia which has come about because of a national situation. I am referring to the Negroes in organized baseball in this state. It is unfortunate that some few people would participate in the destruction of our institutions for a few dollars."
    • Happy BirthdayMike Hechinger, Candy LaChanceTim JordanAbe KrugerLen Gabrielson & Takashi Saito!

    Thursday, February 13, 2020

    2020 Topps Now - #ST-1 - Dodgers Introduce David Price and Mookie Betts


    Here is card #1 from Topps 2020 Topps Now spring training edition of online exclusive cards, and it featured out two newest superstars -- David Price and Mookie Betts.

    Oh, boy! I am excited to see them in Dodger Blue. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
    “We’ve had really talented teams in the past,” Friedman said. “I feel like this is quite possibly our most talented team, but also just a really good group of guys who we couldn’t feel more confident about them going out every night and competing and leaving it on the field.”
    Go here to check it out and order. Below is what's written on the reverse:
    David Price and Mookie Betts were introduced at Dodger Stadium as the enwest additions to the star-studded Los Angeles Dodgers. Price and Betts provide a wealth of experience to an already dominant Dodger team, both winning a World Series title with the Boston Red Sox in 2018.

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    2019-20 Topps 582 Montgomery Club Set #2 -- 1968 Baseball Action Stickers Test Set

    The second 582 Montgomery Club Topps set has just been released and it borrows its design from the vintage 1968 Baseball Action Stickers test set. Two Dodgers are available -- Cody Bellinger and Gavin Lux. Go here for a complete checklist.

    As you may know, this is an online-only exclusive card club that includes six different card sets for members. Membership cost $250 per person, so you get a new set every couple of months. You also get some other perks, as well.

    Check out the Dodger cards below.

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    #2 Cody Bellinger

    #13 Gavin Lux

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    Blog Kiosk: 2/13/2020 - Dodgers Links & news - Pitchers & Catcher Report Day!


    Welcome!

    Per Sarah Wexler at MLB.com:
    "To be able to jump on to a team like the Dodgers, a team that has had the amount of success they've had the last couple years, and then add a player like Mookie Betts, and then to be able to add myself to that mix as well?” Price said. “That's something special to be a part of, and we're both very excited for that.”
    Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. Photo on the right via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
    • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1968 the Dodgers completed a rare trade with the Giants. In fact, it would be 17 years before another trade is consummated between the two clubs. They shipped Ron Hunt and Nate Oliver to San Francisco for catcher Tom Haller and a minor leaguer. Haller would play four seasons in LA; slashing .276/.344/.393/.737. He would also garner MVP consideration his two first seasons in Blue -- coming in 22nd in '68 and 29th in '69.
    • Happy BirthdayWayne LeMasterGilly CampbellTodd WilliamsErnie RudolphEddie Pye & Nathan Eovaldi!

    Wednesday, February 12, 2020

    My 2020 FanFest Afternoon -- I Took a Tour of the Pavilion Construction


    It's been nearly three weeks since the Dodgers FanFest was held in the Dodgers parking lot, and I'm only now putting up some of my pics. So, I apologize for the delay.

    As you may know, the afternoon was filled with sunshine, plenty of Dodger fervor and lines galore... Like, there was a long line for everything. So long, in fact, I found myself wondering around rather than queuing up with the throng of masses. That said, I was able to check out a bunch of events -- including taking a stadium tour of the construction being done in the outfield pavilion. In fact, a majority of this post will feature photos from that tour.

    BTW, for a look back at my past post of this event check out the links below.  There are plenty of photos to look through, and links to other sites with their stories and photos.

    A Dodgers 2018 National League Championship Ring on Auction



    I know a consolation prize like a pennant winning championship ring is not what you want to see, but I'm going to show you it anyway.

    Featured here is a closer look at the Dodgers 2018 National League Championship ring, and it's currently on auction through Goldin Auctions (link here). At the time of this posting it is at $1,600, with 10 days to go.

    I like that it makes notes of the Dodgers slogan that season -- "LA Determined" -- and celebrates winning two consecutive pennants.

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